Sleeping in Airports

Alicante Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Alicante Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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ALC Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Alicante-Elche Airport.

What to Expect

Alicante Airport (code: ALC) is a modern terminal that is split into two sections (C Gates and B Gates) to separate Schengen and non-Schengen passengers, though flights within the Schengen area use both terminal areas. The airport hosts a wide variety of shops and eateries, with most located on the airside. WiFi is available and there are charging areas located with Internet/computer access points throughout the airport. Economy class passengers can pay to use the private airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below.

Alicante Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a guest traveller / 30Dec2016)

Sleeping in Alicante Airport

Travellers rate the airport as clean, safe and a pleasant place to spend the night. Airport staff and security are described as especially accommodating to overnight sleepers, going so far as to turning off lights and trying to be as quiet as possible around sleeping travellers. There is some armrest-free seating, but some travellers opted for floor sleeping in various quiet nooks, with the arrivals area cited the most for both furnished and floor sleeping. Those considering the floor should bringing a sleeping bag and/or travel mat. For uninterrupted sleep, there are several hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 restrictions for travellers arriving from the EU or Schengen countries have been discontinued. All other countries, health controls must apply. See Alicante Airport web site for more details.

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Alicante Airport:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Alicante Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Sala VIP Costa Blanca – Location: Airside, Ground Floor, between Gates C45/46.  Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€35.95) • Prepaid Lounge Pass (£ 27.00) • Lounge membership program.

Related Pages: Alicante Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Alicante Airport terminal. Connect to the “Airport Free Wifi AENA” network and enter “freewifi.aena.es” into your browser address bar.  Registration is required.

Additionally, you will find computers with printers and mobile charging at these internet access points: Floor 0, Arrivals Hall • Floor 2, Departures Hall • Floor 2, Commercial Area • Floor 2, Boarding Gates B22-23 • Floor 2, Boarding Gates B32-33 • Floor 2, Boarding Gates 46-47.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Floor 0, Arrivals • Floor 2, Check-in • Floor 2, Boarding zone • General Car Park P1.

Chapel – Located at Terminal 1, Level 1.

Currency Exchange – There are 3 Global Exchange offices: Floor 0, Baggage Claim • Floor 0, Arrivals Hall • Floor 0, Boarding zone

Duty Free – There are 3 Duty Free stores: The Arrivals Shop (Floor 0, Airside. Hours: varies according to flight arrival schedule) • The Express Shop (Floor 2, Airside. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM) • The Main Duty-Free Shop (Floor 2, Airside. Hours: 8:30AM – 10:00PM).

Family Services – The following services are available:

  • Baby Care Facilities: Baby change facilities and children’s toilet areas are available throughout all airport toilets
  • Children’s Play Area: When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Locations: Airside, Floor 2 • Landside, Arrivals at Baggage Claim Carousel Areas 1-7, 8-11 and 12-14.
  • Nursing Room: A comfortable place to breastfeed (armchairs, microwaves, changing tables, and more) in private is available. Location: Airside, Floor 2, Gate B34-B35.
  • Stroller Rentals: Free strollers are available in the following locations: Baggage Claim Carousel Areas 1-7, 8-11 and 12-14 and on Floor 0, delivery deposit area.

Food / Beverages – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this post-Covid update, there were no 24-hour concessions. Vending machines are also available in the airport.

Information Desk – Location: Floor 2, Landside, Departures Hall • Floor 2, Airside • Floor 0, Arrivals (mobile unit during busy times).

Luggage Storage & Lockers

  • Lockers – Need to store a bag for a few hours?  Lockers can be found on in the public area on Floor 2.  Rates: unknown.
  • Left Luggage –  Temporarily Unavailable due to Covid 19 – Storage service is provided by Grupo21. You can drop off your items between 8:00AM – 8:00PM and can pick up your items from 5:00AM – 9:00PM. The company also offers home delivery services. Storage prices range from 4,20€ – 11,20€ for 2 hours – 24 hours (small item) or 6,30€ – 16,80€ for 2 – 24 hours (bulky item).

Luggage Wrapping – Grupo21 provides luggage wrapping services. Rates: unknown.

Medical Services – A first aid office is located on Floor 0, Arrivals Hall.

Mobile Charging – Locations: Floor 0, Arrivals Hall • Floor 2, Departures Hall • Floor 2, Commercial Area • Floor 2, Boarding Gates B22-23 • Floor 2, Boarding Gates B32-33 • Floor 2, Boarding Gates 46-47.

Pharmacy – Farmacia, Floor 0, Landside. Hours: 7:00AM – 11:00PM and closes half hour later in high season.

Photo Booths – Locations: Floor 0, Arrivals Hall • Floor 2, Boarding Zone

Police – Location: Floor 0, Arrivals Hall.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking – The airport does not yet have a designated smoking room.  You must leave the terminal building before you light up.

VAT Refund Desk – If you are a non-resident in the EU, you can claim a refund on the taxes you paid for your purchases in Spain. Location: Floor 0, Arrivals Hall.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

Alicante airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Air Europa • Air Nostrum • BA CityFlyer • Blue Air • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Carpatair • Corendon Dutch Airlines • EasyJet • Eurowings • Finnair • Fly Pay •Iberia Express • Icelandair • Jet2.com •Jetair • KLM • Lufthansa • Neos • Norwegian Air • RyanAir • SAS • Swiss International Airlines • TAP Air Portugal • Transavia • TUI • VIM Airlines • Volotea • Vueling Airlines • Wideroe’s • Wizz Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Alicante Airport is well connected with the bus system including at least three city buses and four intercity buses. The bus stop area is located on the 2nd floor of the airport terminal for all buses. For route maps, schedules and additional fare information, visit the Vectalia Subús website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located in the Arrivals Hall: Avis/Budget • Centauro • Europcar • Firefy • Goldcar •  Record Rent a Car • Sixt. Location: Arrivals, P1.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxis

Metered airport taxis are available just outside of the Arrivals Hall . The Radio Taxi Elche information desk is open from 9:00AM – 1:00AM inside the Arrivals Hall. Trips to and from ALC airport are charged an airport supplement fee of € 4.25 in addition to the metered fare. For fares and route options, visit the Alicante Airport website.

Last updated: 2022-10-28

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.